Media Release – Coalition Too Incompetent to Deliver Own Infrastructure Promises – Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Scott Morrison must get to the bottom of the worsening infrastructure project delivery crisis within his Government that has seen it fail to deliver $4.9 billion worth of promised infrastructure projects over the past five years.
The Final Budget Outcome document for the 2017-18 Budget, released yesterday, shows that over the year to June 30, the Government promised to invest $7.9 billion on rail and road projects but in fact invested $6.9 billion.
Over the Coalition’s first five Budgets, the difference between what it promised and what it actually spent was $4.9 billion.
Projects promised but not delivered include general rail and road investment as well as literally hundreds of road safety projects under the Black Spot Program.
The Bridges Renewal Program, created by this Government, is underspent by more than half, with $290 million promised but $135 million delivered.
The 2017-18 result was no aberration. The Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has failed to deliver infrastructure as promised in each of its four Budgets.
This is nothing short of a crisis in project delivery.
It is clear the Government’s revolving-door parade of infrastructure Ministers, including Warren Truss, Jamie Briggs, Darren Chester, Barnaby Joyce, Paul Fletcher, Michael McCormack and Alan Tudge, have all lacked the competence to deliver their own promises.
The Budget update follows recent news that earlier this year the Government approved more than $7 billion for new projects around the nation, but decided not to commence or even announce them until the next election campaign.
Instead of cynically holding back announcements for its political purposes, Mr Morrison must get on with the job of providing Australians with the railways and roads that he has promised and that they have paid for through their taxes.
Investing in the right infrastructure projects creates jobs and economic activity in the short-term, while boosting productivity and economic growth over the long-term.
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